Thursday, April 25, 2019

The History of Red Lipstick

The color red in general makes a powerful statement. It could mean passion, desire, love, energy, sex appeal, power, etc., but in history, the color red wasn't always viewed as a positive and it definitely wasn't acceptable for women to wear red lipstick…

“Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world.” ― Unknown

Wearing red lipstick dates back to ancient history, whereas, Cleopatra, the last ruler of Egypt, used to crush bugs, such as Beatles, to create a color for her lips, yet Mesopotamia women loved to crush their valuable gems to create their red lipstick.

Even on the bust of the beautiful Queen Nefertiti, the wife of the Egyptian pharaoh, Akhenaten, was adorned with red lipstick…

Women have been expressing themselves with makeup for many years, especially when they wore red lipstick, but somewhere down the line, people have given red lipstick a negative meaning, likewise in the Greek empire, only prostitutes were allowed to wear lipstick by law.

In like manner, during the 1700s, women who wore any makeup, especially red lipstick, was accused of witchcraft and many believed they were satan worshipers. It has also been rumored that in England, a man can get his marriage annulled if his wife was caught wearing lipstick before their wedding because makeup was considered only to be worn by a lower class as well as prostitutes.

On the other hand, in France, women of an upper class wore makeup and had an untasteful point of view of women who didn’t wear any cosmetics, which was odd, because rather or not you decide to wear makeup, including red lipstick, is a personal decision and it doesn't mean that you are a good person, nor does it mean that you are a bad person. Wearing makeup is just a creative way to express yourself.

In the 1800s, the Professional French Actress, Sarah Bernhardt, applied red lipstick in public, which was considered as a taboo, because many believed you should only apply makeup in the private. She was quite daring. Wouldn’t you agree?

The reason I am sharing all the history about red lipstick is because I wanted to write a post about how empowering it is to wear it, but I ran into a lot of information that surprised me. Even though some people may still hold a negative point of view about it, red lipstick has come a very long way. It’s a way we express ourselves as women and we have all the right to do so…

How does red lipstick make you feel? For me, I feel powerful and it always gives me a boost of confidence. Wearing red lipstick makes me feel like, no matter the obstacle, I can conquer anything. There are so many reasons why I adore wearing red lipstick because it can empower women in so many beautiful ways.

If you want to share some interesting historical facts about red lipstick (or makeup) that I might have left out, let me know in the comments below…

Love always,
Princess Hiyah
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  1. Wonderful article Princess Hiyah and who would known that Red Lipstick had a history...Greatness! :D


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